The Rebels went into the game knowing that a win would secure a play-off berth. However, the Chiefs, who also needed a win, brushed them aside 59-8.
It was a disappointing end to a season that started with a lot of promise for the Rebels. They deteriorated as the weeks passed by and lost their last two games on an aggregate score of 125-8.
After the game, the Rebels’ scrum-half Will Genia took to Instagram to leave a message that reveals a lot about where his future lies.
The 31-year-old uploaded two pictures, each of the different teams he has played for, the Reds and the Rebels, with the caption “What a ride Super Rugby”.
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Genia’s contract with the Rebels is set to expire, and a move to Japan after the World Cup has been expected for the 100-cap veteran.
Under the Giteau Law, Genia will still be able to represent Australia (because he has over 60 caps). But his Super Rugby career looks to be over judging by this post, as it seems very unlikely that he would return to Australian shores to play anything other than international rugby.
A Super Rugby winner in 2011 with the Reds, Genia returned in 2018 to the competition with the Rebels after a two-year hiatus with Stade Francais.
Genia’s first season with the Melbourne club was much like this season – the Rebels made a brilliant start to their campaign, but fell off the pace.
After winning five of their first seven games in 2019, the Rebels looked on track to reach the play-offs for the first time, but they slipped up once again and it looks as though Genia’s time in Super Rugby has come to an end.
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